Enrolling your child in kindergarten
When to register
Children must be five years old on or before September 1 to be enrolled in kindergarten.
If a family is moving into the district from another state and the child is not yet five, but was enrolled in a public school where they came from, then the child can be enrolled at an ASD school. Being enrolled in any other kind of school in Anchorage (private, parochial, etc.) does not qualify a child to be enrolled here and he/she will need to meet the age criteria. Contact our Elementary Education Department at 907-742-4242 with questions.
Find your school
All schools provide tours to interested parents. While walk-in requests may be accommodated, it’s best to call ahead and schedule a convenient time.
In the spring, some schools choose to hold roundup events to introduce kindergartners to their school. Of those that do, the type of activity, date and time vary. If you have a soon-to-be-kindergartner, check with your neighborhood school to see if they have an event planned.
In addition to the documents required for all students (PDF) , parents should also bring:
- Names and phone numbers of emergency contacts and individuals who may pick up the child from school
- Copies of legal papers if there is a custody situation
After registration, schools will contact families to arrange appointments for orientations. Kindergarten teachers will meet individually with parents and students for a brief welcome with assessment activities the week before school starts. This information assists teachers in making decisions about classroom instruction and helps establish a positive partnership between the home and the school.